Tales from Geriassic Park
On The Verge of Extinction

I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to. Albert Einstein

Whether it’s your concept of what a “woman of a certain age” is all about or not this one woman show, written and performed by Verna Gillis, is filled with enough ideas and funny lines to appeal to almost everyone. The wide range of topics include peeing, overeating, relationships, family, drugs (“Do I believe in a higher power? Of course…carbs and marijuana.”) and a multitude of other subjects. There are lots of very funny one-liners, all held together with a life story that includes sorrow as well as joy, and all tempered with an abundance of love. The result is a very enjoyable evening.

At 72, Gillis has a long history of successful performances, a published book of one-liners, I Just Want to be Invited, I Promise Not to Come, and numerous recordings. Her appearance at the 2014 International Fringe Festival was a huge success.

Although she holds cards throughout, which is a little distracting and takes away some of the spontaneity, she rarely uses them and will likely dispense with them as the work progresses.

The audience’s attention never wavers and there’s a lot of laughter and a few tears. Director Eva Tenuto has done a stellar job of bringing it all together and making the whole production run smoothly. If you like standup you’ll want to see Tales From Geriassic Park.

Fortunately you can still see it! United Solo Theatre Festival has added a show on November 16 at 6 p.m., the result of a sold out show on October 5, 2014. Venue is The Studio Theatre, 410 West 42nd. For tickets contact Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.

Head shot photo by Ilene Cutler